Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Funny Business : New biz news format replacing comedy on AM 1200

Come midnight on Friday(3/1) Matty's Comedy format on WXKS/Comedy 1200 won't be laughing very hard. . The Clear Channel-owned station will flip to business news format airing Bloomberg Radio. WXKS-AM launched "Matty's Comedy 1200" last August when it ditched a Talk 1200 format after a year and a half. The "Matty" came from sister CHR-Top40 morning host Matty Siegel who supposedly chose the content to make people laugh. Those who still want to hear comedy will need to get an HD Radio receiver and listen on the HD2 channel of WJMN/Jamn 94-5, according to Clear Channel Boston

Boston has a short-lived history of AM stations with an all-business formats on 1150, 590 and 1060.  WBNW 1120/Money Matters Radio has been airing a mix of local finance talk shows and Bloomberg Radio(at night and overnight) since mid 1990's, but the Needham-based station doesn't have the range of 1200's 50,000-watt signal. Money Matters Radio does produce local financial show "The Financial Exchange" which is also heard on WRKO 680 from 9am to 11am weekdays. There are some whipsers that the show may move from 680 to the new Bloomberg 1200 station.

BRW Notebook :

Re-Connection : Former host of the now-defunction, popular The Connection show on WBUR 90.9,Chris Lydon has been named as one of five weekly contributors to WGBH 89.7's Boston Public Radio 2-hour block that is now being hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Lydon will make his debut tomorrow(2/27) according to the press release below :

WGBH Radio Sets Full Line Up for Boston Public Radio’s ‘Open Mic’ Segment

Lydon and Rooney join Rivers, Baker and McGrory as featured commentators during daily, 1pm segment

89.7 WGBH introduces additional segments to Boston Public Radio broadcast

BOSTON, Mass. (February 27, 2013) – Christopher Lydon, a former New York Times journalist, anchor of WGBH-TV’s former The Ten O’Clock News program and public radio personality, will return to WGBH as a regular ‘Open Mic’ contributor to Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH’s daily, local news talk show. Lydon will appear every Thursday during the 1pm hour. Emily Rooney, host of Greater Boston on WGBH 2 and a contributor to Boston Public Radio, will be the featured guest on Fridays. Other ‘Open Mic’ guests announced last week include Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, Charlie Baker and Brian McGrory.

“Boston Public Radio is the place to tune in for anyone who cares about what is happening in and around Boston, Massachusetts and New England,” said WGBH Radio Managing Director Phil Redo. “Jim Braude and Margery Eagan have made our already strong local news team even stronger. By bringing Christopher Lydon into the conversation and teaming up with Emily Rooney, I am certain that the radios and computers of listeners across the region, along with newsmakers on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill will be tuned to 89.7.”

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan joined Boston Public Radio earlier this week. During their debut show on Monday, the co-hosts introduced a new ‘Open Mic’ segment that brings regular guests into the studio at 1pm to discuss current events and debates that are shaping the news in Greater Boston and across the nation. A complete ‘Open Mic’ schedule follows:

•Mondays: Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, former gang member, Dorchester pastor, advocate for violence prevention and co-founder of the Boston Ten Point Coalition;

•Tuesdays: Charlie Baker, 2010 Republican nominee for Massachusetts governor;

•Wednesdays: Brian McGrory, editor of the Boston Globe;

•Thursdays: Christopher Lydon, journalist, former host of NPR’s The Connection, PRI’s Open Sources and a former anchor on WGBH-TV’s The Ten-O’Clock News; and

•Fridays: Emily Rooney, award-winning journalist, contributor to Boston Public Radio and host of WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston.

Boston Public Radio’s light-hearted Friday features

On Friday, Braude and Eagan will premiere two features that explore local stories from interesting, often light-hearted perspectives: ‘Friday News Quiz’ and the ‘Memory Hole.’

The ‘Friday News Quiz’ recaps the week’s most important stories. Braude and Eagan will invite recognized Bostonians into the studio to quiz them on their knowledge of what made headlines and heads turn throughout Boston. Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor and comedian Janeane Garofalo are scheduled to participate in the inaugural segment on Friday at 1:30pm.

The ‘Memory Hole’ feature also will air Fridays and look back at stories that were important to Boston and New England in past years but may have been forgotten since they left the front pages. This segment will include in-studio and phone interviews with past newsmakers, as well as conversations with the journalists who reported those lost stories.

The re-formatted Boston Public Radio program reflects the continuing evolution of 89.7 and the growing WGBH News team, which draws significantly on the expertise of staff across radio, television and the web. Boston Public Radio airs every weekday on 89.7 WGBH from noon-2pm.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content to meet the needs of 21st-century learners), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. Find more information at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess I was one of the few that tuned in. My big complaint though is that I wish the clips were a little longer. They would only play like 30 secs of an act. Oh well, gone now anyways.